If you are like me and you love fresh summer corn and you find yourself with a good many, you might be wondering what to do with it. I find that freezing it is the best way to keep that just picked from the garden taste, not to mention you can still have great tasting corn even when the days turn cooler and it’s hard to find.
I have tried freezing corn two ways, blanching them first and without blanching them. Yes, blanching them does take time but the corn keeps that nice, sweet taste. Freezing them without blanching them, the corn seemed to taste a little bland and the kernels were not as tender, but they still tasted good. So really I think it’s a preference…to blanch or not to blanch that is the question….well a question only you will have an answer to.
No matter the route you choose, when you get your fresh corn, refrigerate and either use it all quickly or freeze it within a day or two. The longer corn sits, the sugars inside the corn starts to turn to starch and it starts to lose flavor. Below is how you can freeze your corn so you can continue to enjoy them coated in butter, slathered in a mixture of cheese, mayo and herbs, or take the kernels off of the cob and come up with a show stopping side dish.
Here is how you can freeze your corn.
1. Remove the husks and silk from the corn. You might need to use a soft brush. I have also used a damp paper towel.
2. Blanch the corn: Fill a large pot with water. Do not fill the pot up to the top with water, leave enough room for the corn or the water will spill out once the corn is added. Bring to a boil and add the corn. Do not add salt to the water. This makes the kernels less tender.
Boil for about 4 minutes.
3. Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and water. Place the corn in the ice water. This will stop it from cooking.
If you have a lot of corn, you might have to use more than one bowl. Keep corn in the ice water until the corn is cold.
4. Let the corn air dry. When completely dry, wrap each ear in plastic wrap.
You don’t have to do this step, but I have found it helps keep the corn from forming ice crystals while freezing.
5. Place the wrapped corn in a labeled zip top freezer bag and try to remove as much of the air as possible. Freeze for 8 to 12 months.
Now you can enjoy corn all year around.
If you need directions on how you can cook some of that tasty, sweet corn, click on the link to my earlier post Air Fryer Corn On The Cob with Smoky Parmesan Cilantro Butter . You will find directions on how to cook corn on the cob in the air fryer, on the grill, in the microwave and by boiling it.